Today, the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) applauds Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV-D), House Speaker John Boehner (OH-R), and the bipartisan House and Senate Conferees to the Payroll Tax Reduction Extension legislation that provides for a much needed nationwide interoperable Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN). This bill includes the allocation of D Block spectrum and an estimated $7 billion in funding from the proceeds of incentive auctions for its successful implementation. Creation of a nationwide 20 MHz PSBN is one of the last remaining recommendations of the 9/11 Commission made in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Congress is expected to vote the bill through both the House and the Senate by Friday, and have it on the President’s desk for signature and final enactment next week. The White House has consistently urged inclusion of public safety broadband and comprehensive spectrum legislation as part of the overall package, and has indicated its strong support for enactment.
As Congress returns from their holiday recess and the appointed conferees begin negotiations ahead of February 29 mandate for enacting a yearlong Payroll Tax Reduction Extension bill, the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today reiterated its strong support for finally realizing a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network now.
We urge the Senate to pass legislation that includes D Block allocation to public safety with sufficient funding to expedite nationwide construction of the public safety broadband network that includes rural America, and does not include damaging provisions to require 700 MHz narrowband giveback, nor an unworkable and unaccountable private entity “administrator” governance model. Additionally, the PSA urges the Senate to maximize state and local flexibility in allowing enhanced “secondary use” of the public safety broadband network by non-public safety entities and users, as well as with respect to forming public and private partnerships that best meet their specific needs to assure sustainment of their mission-critical public safety broadband systems. In sum, the PSA strongly believes that S.911 best provides these priorities, and we urge you together as the Senate’s leadership to replace the Walden JOBS Act provisions that compose Title IV of H.R. 3630 with language similar to S. 911 for Senate passage of the overall bill. Click here to download the full letter.
The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today expressed its appreciation for the full House’s vote of support for D Block spectrum allocation to public safety and funding for the Public Safety Broadband Network, but warned of an ominous storm cloud on the horizon as our nation’s first responders, who put their lives on the line everyday, learn more about the full extent of the other provisions in the bill that gives with one hand and takes away with the other to make H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 disastrous for public safety’s goal for nationwide interoperable emergency communications.
We urge the House to pass legislation that includes D Block allocation to public safety with sufficient funding to expedite nationwide construction of the public safety broadband network that includes rural America, and does not include damaging provisions to require 700 MHz narrowband giveback, nor an unworkable and unaccountable private entity “administrator” governance model. Additionally, the PSA urges Congress to maximize state and local flexibility in allowing “secondary use” of the public safety broadband network by non-public safety entities and users, as well as with respect to forming public and private partnerships that best meet their specific needs to assure sustainment of their mission-critical public safety broadband systems.Click here to download the letter.
As Congress continues to move forward with legislation to allocate D block spectrum to public safety and provide sufficient funding to realize a nationwide, interoperable Public Safety Broadband Network, the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today sought to assure all Members of Congress that America’s public safety community is unified in their support, along with the nation’s state and local government officials, in enactment of legislation to finally implement one of the last remaining unmet recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 2, 2011 – The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) announced that it is pleased that the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology subcommittee took action today to allocate 10 MHz of spectrum within the 700 MHz band, or D block, to public safety while providing up to $6.5 billion for construction of a 20 MHz nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network for our nation’s first responders.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 30, 1011 – The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today welcomed House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden’s (R - OR5) latest discussion draft language on spectrum allocation, which was released yesterday ahead of a scheduled mark-up of spectrum legislation on Thursday, December 1st at 10am.
John Walsh, Host of America’s Most Wanted and leading child protection advocate will ask Congress to help first preventers to save and better protect the lives of our children, elderly and special needs communities from crime and health threats by creating a real-time, mission-critical nationwide broadband network.
The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today applauded Ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman, and Senators Rockefeller and Hutchison, as the leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee, for their continued support in pushing for comprehensive spectrum legislation to be enacted in Congress this year for jobs, the economy, deficit reduction and public safety. Specifically, the PSA fully supports their inclusion of D block allocation to public safety and funding of the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) within their formal letters of recommendations to the Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “Super Committee.”
Today the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) welcomed the formal support of two major industry associations in calling for Congress to enact legislation to allocate additional spectrum to public safety, consistent with the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s recently released 9/11 Report Card. Specifically, TechAmerica and the 9-1-1 Industry Alliance (9IA) announced their support for the D block spectrum within the 700 MHz band to be allocated to public safety with sufficient funding and independent governance to enable build out of a nationwide, mission-critical and interoperable public safety broadband network for data, text, streaming video, picture images and other large amounts of critical information for day-to-day to large-scale emergencies throughout the country and on its borders.
Alexandria, VA, September 21, 2011 – In strong reaction to media comments attributed to House Energy and Commerce Committee Majority staff earlier this week, the leadership of the Public Safety Alliance today challenged Chairman Upton and subcommittee Chairman Walden to back up their staff claims. In recent misleading comments in the press about the lessons learned from the East Coast earthquake House Commerce Committee’s Republican majority staff was quoted as saying “The big lesson from last month’s Virginia earthquake is that carriers need more spectrum, not public safety.”
The Public Safety Alliance pointed to a new study, Project Cornerstone Network LTE Testing, released by the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA) this week as further evidence that first responders need 20 MHz of contiguous spectrum to accomplish mission-critical broadband data capabilities leveraging the commercial industry’s current build out of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks nationwide. As has been previously stated, public safety has a “window of opportunity” in which to construct a dedicated, nationwide and interoperable public safety broadband data network to take full advantage of the commercial industry’s own current nationwide build out to gain cost efficiencies and economies of scale. As well, there are key public-private partnerships that public safety has great potential to pursue with critical infrastructure, other public entities, academic institutions and non-profits, particularly in rural and remote areas, where the commercial industry does not possess the business model to profitably build.
Public Safety officials will meet to remember and honor the fallen first responders of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as the thousands of civilian victims. The press conference will also address the need for Congress to swiftly enact S.911 and allocate the D block spectrum to public safety to create a reliable, interoperable public safety network so America’s first responders can better protect our nation.
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV released the following statement on the "Tenth Anniversary Report Card: The Status of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations," which was released today from the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report card details nine major unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, including the need for public safety spectrum and interoperability.
“The report is a wake-up call for everyone reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks,” said Rockefeller. “Implementing a national, interoperable radio system for our first responders is within our grasp. It will save lives all across the country, and we owe it to first responders to get it done. There is bipartisan legislation awaiting Senate action that would accomplish this goal. I urge my colleagues to join me and read this report card and rededicate themselves to getting this done.”
The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) strongly encourages Congress to stay focused on legislation that would allocate the D Block to public safety for the creation of a nationwide, interoperable first responder broadband network, the PSA announced today.
The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today expressed its encouragement for draft discussion language circulated by House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Ranking Member Anna Eshoo, which would allocate the D block to public safety, assure strong governance of the public safety broadband network and provide significant federal funding to expedite the build out and sustainment of a nationwide, interoperable and mission-critical public safety broadband network. The release of the draft bill comes a day before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and it would serve as a very complimentary companion bill to S.911: the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2011, which recently passed the Senate Commerce Committee on an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 21-4. S.911 currently awaits Senate floor consideration.
The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) announced today that it applauds and strongly supports Congressmen John D. Dingell (D-MI 15) and Gene Green (D-TX 29) for their introduction of companion legislation to Senate bill S. 911.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison today led their Commerce Committee colleagues in sending S. 911, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, to the full Senate for consideration. The bill to build a nationwide communications network for first responders was overwhelmingly approved by the Commerce Committee by a 21-4 vote and is now
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 8, 2011 – The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today congratulates the overwhelming majority of Republican and Democratic members on the Senate Commerce Committee for working together in passage of S.911 supporting the nation’s first responders’ top priority communications issue. Chairman Jay Rockefeller and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced S.911: Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2011 today. This significant development follows several months of hard work, compromise and negotiation, and is consistent with public safety’s top priority to gain D-block allocation and federal funding necessary to realize a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 7, 2011 – The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) is calling for Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill to work together for the benefit of the safety of the American people. One day before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's scheduled Wednesday markup of the "D-Block" allocation bill by Chairman Jay Rockefeller and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison, the PSA announced that it is absolutely critical for members of the Senate Commerce Committee to approve S.911: the SPECTRUM Act of 2011, which is consistent with public safety’s top priority to gain D-block allocation and federal funding necessary to realize a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.
June 2, 2011 Alexandria, VA – As another hearing is undertaken, and in the aftermath of a second hearing on spectrum policy held last week by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, the Public Safety Alliance today responded to statements, reports and assertions made by those who continue to question public safety’s need for spectrum and funding to achieve nationwide mission-critical broadband capabilities.
ALLOCATION AND HOW TO FINALLY REALIZE A NATIONWIDE, MISSION-CRITICAL PUBLIC SAFETY BROADBAND NETWORK
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 25, 2011 – The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) is setting the record straight today on the top five Public Safety Broadband Network Myths as they relate to D Block spectrum reallocation. The organization, a partnership of nine major national public safety associations with more than three dozen other supporting entities representing over 2 million first responders and other supported by an additional an anther 3 dozen supporting organizations of the nation's leading public safety associations, supports legislation that would allocate this spectrum to America’s first responders to build a nationwide interoperable broadband network.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 5, 2011 – President Barack Obama’s visit to Ground Zero in New York City today is an important reminder of the need for a nationwide public safety broadband network, announced the Public Safety Alliance (PSA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 2, 2011 – The thousands of men and women of public safety nationwide applaud the bi-partisan, long-term effort of the Obama and Bush Administrations for the capture and execution of al Qaeda lead terrorist Osama bin Laden, announced the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today.
“This is a great day for America,” said PSA spokesman Sean Kirkendall. “Bipartisan congressional support and the unwavering commitment of our federal government over two Administrations, including President Obama's decisive leadership in the past few weeks-to-months, allowed the hard work of our dedicated public servants here and abroad to make this day of justice come to fruition.”
PUBLIC SAFETY MEETS WITH CONGRESSIONAL REPS TO ASK SUPPORT FOR NATIONWIDE MISSION CRITICAL BROADBAND NETWORK
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 20, 2011 – Leaders of the Public Safety Alliance (PSA), the nation’s foremost advocate for America’s first responders, are holding meetings this week with Congressional representatives in numerous states including Florida, Michigan and Illinois to further its efforts to realize a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.
The Call To Action and district meeting requests follow a recent House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing where public safety spectrum was clearly established as the central spectrum issue. During the hearing, several misrepresentations and inaccuracies regarding public safety’s position, plan and approach were repeatedly stated by witnesses and Members. PSA leaders and local public safety officials have teamed up to meet this week with Congressional representatives to share accurate information including actual costs associated with building a public safety network, the specific plan to build and operate the network and the real and long-term consequences of a commercial auction. PSA requested meetings with: Congressman John Shimkus, Congressman John Dingell, Congressman Mike Rogers, Congressman Fred Upton, Senator Carl Levin, Senator Mark Rubio, Senator Deborah Stabenow, Congressman Cliff Stearns, Congressman Greg Walden, Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congresswoman Sandy Adams.
APCO Global Alliance Adopts LTE as Worldwide Standard: Action Follows Recent FCC Approval of US Public Safety LTE Request
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 – London, England – At Monday’s meeting of APCO International’s Global Alliance, delegates representing public safety communications professionals from Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and elsewhere around world passed a formal policy statement entitled 4th Generation (4G) Broadband Technologies for Emergency Services.
Hearing Demonstrates Core Issue of D Block Spectrum for Public Safety Broadband: NYPD Deputy Chief Scores Points in Hostile Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 12, 2011 – Four months into the 112th Congress, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held its first hearing of the year on critical spectrum policy. Filled with a majority of witnesses favoring commercial auction of a critical section of spectrum in the 700 MHz band known as the D block, the hearing, entitled, “Using Spectrum to Advance Public Safety, Promote Broadband, Create Jobs, and Reduce the Deficit,” repeatedly came back to the central question of whether or not the nation can afford to provide public safety with the necessary allocation of this finite national resource, or whether auctioning for deficit reduction is the primary focus of the day.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 30, 2011 – U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King and Ranking Member Bennie Thompson presided over a committee hearing today entitled, “Public Safety Communications: Are the Needs of Our First Responders Being Met?” The hearing focused on the urgent need for police, fire and emergency responders to have sufficient wireless bandwidth to communicate effectively.
At today’s Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing, the Chairmen of the 9/11 Commission, Governor Tom Kean and Representative Lee Hamilton announced their public support for legislation to provide our nation’s emergency first responders with dedicated spectrum to build a nationwide interoperable broadband wireless network that will enable public safety to communicate securely, effectively, and reliably in times of crisis.
Under their leadership, the 9/11 Commission played a critical role in highlighting the importance of robust, secure, and interoperable communications systems among our first responders. On behalf of the numerous associations represented within the Public Safety Alliance, we warmly welcome this endorsement and thank them for their continued leadership on this important issue. Just as Governor Kean and Representative Hamilton stated in their testimony today, the PSA also believes that we all must support the immediate allocation of the D-block spectrum to public safety. We must not approach these urgent matters at a leisurely pace. We don’t know when the next attack or disaster will strike. Further delay is intolerable. We urge the Congress to act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 29, 2011 – Three major public safety organizations will implore Congress to pass legislation that would allow public safety officials to build a nationwide interoperable broadband network. Leaders of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), which combined serves more than 200,000 public safety members, will testify on Wednesday, March 30 at a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing.
APCO International Public Safety Broadband Summit & Expo
Monday-Wednesday, May 16-18, 2011
Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle
The Obama administration's support for building a nationwide public safety broadband network provides an extraordinary opportunity for state and local governments to participate in the ongoing discussions about what needs to be done to deploy LTE networks to support "first responder" communications.
APCO International's first Public Safety Broadband Summit and Expo will bring technology experts, policy leaders, industry partners, commercial carriers and public safety professionals together to learn how to position state and local governments to begin planning to build out public safety LTE networks.
Senator Kerry agrees to co-sponsor bill introduced by Rockefeller; bill to allocate D Block spectrum to public safety, providing critical communication during emergencies WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 11, 2011 – In response to U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV urging Members of Congress to pass legislation that would provide public safety officials with the spectrum they need to communicate during major-to-everyday emergencies, the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) – a partnership of the nation's leading public safety associations – today released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate urging Members of Congress to pass legislation that would provide public safety officials with the spectrum they need to communicate during emergencies.
Phoenix Center Finds D Block Allocation To Public Safety Is Best Approach
March 1, 2011, Alexandria, Va. – A new economic study released today by former FCC staff and leading telecommunications academics finds that assigning the D block to public safety, as opposed to subjecting it to a commercial auction, provides the nation with at least $3.4 billion more in social benefit. Furthermore, the study concludes that the allocation of D block to public safety will help contribute to deficit reduction. As the Phoenix Center explains, much of the reduction is attributable to the unique opportunity to create a contiguous 20 MHz block of prime spectrum for use by public safety, and that this opportunity exists only for the public safety community.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a full committee hearing today titled, Safeguarding Our Future: Building a Nationwide Network for First Responders.
February 14, 2011, Alexandria, Va. –The Public Safety Alliance welcomed formal release of President Obama’s budget request today, and heralded its high level inclusion of funding and mandatory commitment of resources toward establishment of a nationwide, interoperable and mission-critical public safety broadband network. The President’s budget provides over $10 billion of resources in mandatory spending, offset by spectrum auction proceeds, to help build an interoperable network to strengthen economic growth and public safety, while benefitting from commercial innovation. Specifically, the President’s Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative provides $7 billion in funding for building the public safety network, and includes allocation of the “D Block” spectrum within the 700 MHz band for public safety use. The budget also includes a payment of $3.2 billion to offset the funding gap created by taking the D Block off the auction schedule and reallocating it to public safety. This spectrum was previously estimated to fetch that price on the commercial market. Additionally, a Wireless Innovation Fund is created to provide $3 billion of spectrum receipts to help develop and promote cutting-edge wireless technologies to advance public safety, telemedicine, Smart Grid, other broadband capabilities, and to facilitate spectrum relocation.
February 11, 2011, Alexandria, Va. –The PSA leadership came to the Nation’s Capital once again this week to ask for Members of Congress to support and co-sponsor current and pending legislation that allocates D Block and provides funding to help build the public safety broadband network. The PSA has received record numbers of commitments of bipartisan support for D Block allocation and an increasingly shared commitment among all parties involved for significant federal investment to be secured to ensure build-out and sustainment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.
January 25, 2011, Alexandria, Va. – The Public Safety Alliance today urged all Members of the United States Senate and the entire Congress to support public safety, and the public’s safety, by co-sponsoring S. 28, The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2011 as a significant step toward finally realizing a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network. S. 28 is identical to legislation previously introduced by Chairman Rockefeller late in the Second session of the 111th Congress.
The strong reaction by the Public Safety Alliance partners stems from the 4G Coalition’s announced plans to hold a press event later today at the National Press Club, headlined by a host of former dignitaries who do not represent public safety or state and local government response interests on this issue. While the PSA respects opposing views and those who hold them, its members vigorously object to the blatant misrepresentation that "Connect Public Safety Now" in any way is crafted for the benefit of public safety, or the public it serves.
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Leadership Indicates Support as Administration Engages in High Level Discussions with the Public Safety Community.
State Technology Directors and Alarm and Security Industry Add Their Support to Public Safety Alliance
The Public Safety Alliance (PSA), a partnership of the nation's leading public safety associations which includes the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, the National Emergency Management Association and the National Association of EMS Officials, strongly supports S. 3756, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2010, introduced by Senator John (Jay) Rockefeller, IV (D-WV) Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today applauded Senator Jay Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (D – WV), for introducing S. 3756, The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allocate the D Block to public safety and identifies funding to build and maintain a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.
July 21, 2010, Washington, DC – The Public Safety Alliance today applauded Senator John "Jay" Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (D – WV), for announcing his intention to introduce legislation directing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allocate the D Block to public safety and identifying funding to build and maintain a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. “We appreciate Chairman Rockefeller’s leadership in the Senate on this critical public safety issue and look forward to working with him and his colleagues to secure the spectrum and funding public safety professionals need to ensure the safety of our nation’s citizens, residents and visitors,” said Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald, Story County, Iowa, National Sheriffs’ Association First Vice President and Public Safety Alliance representative.
The chiefs, sheriffs, emergency managers and emergency medical services (EMS) and communications professionals that make up the Public Safety Alliance, and 40-plus national organizations supporting their position, will be bringing their message of public safety D-Block allocation and funding for the nationwide public safety broadband network to Capitol Hill.
Public safety vehicles will be present on Capitol Hill while PSA representatives meet with Congress to gain their support for H.R. 5081 – The Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010 – and seek support for introduction of a companion bill in the Senate. The results of their meetings will be discussed at a press conference.
The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today released a statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) whitepaper The Public Safety Nationwide Interoperable Broadband Network: A New Model for Capacity, Performance and Cost. The PSA statement House of Cards: FCC’s Capacity White Paper Built on Assumptions and Conjecture counters the FCC’s attempts to justify auctioning the D-Block and criticizes, among other things, both the timing of its release and the fact that it was developed without input from public safety practitioners.
Public Safety Alliance supports Andrew Seybold's comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission's "The Public Safety Nationwide Interoperable Broadband Network: A New Model for Capacity, Performance and Cost" white paper.
Washington, D.C. - (June 29, 2010) -- -- The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today applauded the Administration for identifying alternative spectrum that could be auctioned to commercial carriers to provide sufficient federal funding to quickly construct, maintain, and operate a 20 MHz nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network, eliminating the need to auction the D Block.
“We applaud the administration for identifying this alternative spectrum to auction instead of the D Block to support public safety,” APCO International President and PSA spokesperson Richard Mirgon said. “It is another key step toward a long overdue solution to the interoperability problems, and broadband spectrum needs of our Nation’s first, second and situational preventers and responders. At this point, there is no legitimate reason for the FCC to rush to auction the D Block since alternative revenue sources from spectrum auction have been identified.”
In addition, the National Troopers Coalition (NTC), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the National Association of Regional Councils joined with a large coalition of emergency medical services related organizations in the past week to express their strong support for a 20-MHz spectrum commitment to public safety, consistent with the minimum amount of spectrum used for all known commercial deployments of Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband in the world to date. Specifically, these organizations have joined a growing and increasingly diverse effort to get Congress to take the D Block off the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) auction list and allocate it to public safety to join the current 10 MHz already dedicated for a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. To do so, the 111th Congress must pass legislation, such as H.R. 5081: The Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010, before it concludes its business this year. Although, if appropriations language is introduced and passed it could exclude the FCC from moving to auction the D Block in Fiscal Year 2011, which begins this October and ends in September 2011.
The PSA’s leadership applauds Chairman Henry Waxman, Chairman Rick Boucher and other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for identifying this alternative spectrum to auction by January 2013, to support public safety. It is another key step toward a long overdue solution to the interoperability problems, and broadband spectrum needs of our Nation’s first, second and situational preventers and responders. Given this development, the PSA urges the committee to reverse the FCC’s National Broadband recommendation to auction the D block, and instead allocate the D block to public safety. At this point, there is no legitimate reason for the FCC to rush to auction the D block since alternative revenue sources from spectrum auction have been identified.
Washington, D.C. - (June 7, 2010) -- The Public Safety Alliance, a partnership among the nation's leading public safety associations, today announced a national advertising and grassroots campaign, calling on Congress to modify the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposed auction of the D Block included in its national broadband plan.
View the Public Safety Alliance's full-sized print ad, as seen on Roll Call.
40 Leading Organizations Unanimously Approve Resolution
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 8, 2011 – The Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory Committee (NAC) passed a resolution earlier today endorsing allocation of the D Block to public safety and providing federal funding resources for the build out, operation and maintenance of a nationwide public safety wireless interoperable broadband network.
February 17, 2011, Alexandria, Va. – APCO supports remarks made yesterday by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. “Jay” Rockefeller, IV, at a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss development of a nationwide wireless, mission-critical broadband network for first responders. At the hearing, Senator Rockefeller declared that the issue of allocation of D Block spectrum for public safety and funding to support its build out was the Commerce Committee’s top priority. He pledged his all out effort to work with all parties to pass legislation by the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this year. Chairman Rockefeller asserted, “Far too often we talk about the important role these brave first responders play but fail to give them the tools they need to do their job. I think it is long past time to do something about that.”